Library resources & services for Pathology, Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books     

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Pathology, Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.

You may also wish to visit other subject pages:
Allergy and Immunology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cellular & Anatomical Pathology (incl histopathology & cytology)
Haematology, Phlebotomy and Blood Transfusion

Microbiology, Parasitology, Virology

Please note that resources on pathology of specific systems/disorders can be found on the relevant specialty page found at:
e.g. visit Neurology page for Neuropathology

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email

Royal College of Pathologists

Institute of Biomedical Science
COVID-19 resources COVID-19: safe handling and processing for samples in laboratories

COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.


New ebook content added 13/07/2021
Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 07/06/2021
Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- nursing and care
international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most biomedical topics including Pathology
useful for health psychology/recovery

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See our main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence/best practice and guidance
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate  ‘evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Pathology and Laboratory Medicine journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

Academic Pathology2014- 
Advances in Anatomic Pathology2001- 
American Journal of Pathology2007- 
Annals of Diagnostic Pathology2007- 
APMIS: journal of pathology, microbiology and immunology1997- 
Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine1999- 
BMC Clinical Pathology2007- 
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
Clinical Laboratory Reference2008- 
Clinical Laboratory Science2004- 
Clinics in Laboratory Medicine2007- 
Diagnostic Pathology2006- 
Human Pathology2007- 
Human Pathology Case Reports2014- 
International journal of experimental pathology1997- 
Journal of clinical laboratory analysis1996- 
Journal of Clinical Pathology1947- 
The journal of pathology1996 
Journal of Pathology: Clinical Research2015- 
Pathology international1997- 
Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology2007- 

Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).


Selected specialty content from 2008 onwards – click title & login with NHS Athens

Crash course: pathology20124thXiu
Ferri’s best test: a practical guide to clinical laboratory medicine and diagnostic imaging.20153rdFerri
Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods202224thMcPherson
Laboratory diagnostic pathways: clinical manual of screening methods and stepwise diagnosis20162ndHofmann
Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures20136thChernecky
Leveraging lean in medical laboratories: creating a cost effective, standardized, high quality, patient-focused operation2015 Protzman
Medical sciences20152ndNaish
Medical sciences at a glance2014 Randall
Medical sciences at a glance: practice workbook2014 Scaber
Netter’s illustrated human pathology20142ndBuja
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Pathology20172ndCarton
Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences20213rdWilkins
Underwood’s pathology: a clinical approach20197thCross